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|Mar-10-12|| ||Phony Benoni: <brankat> That's reasonable. I was probably taking the superficial view, but Tarrasch was clearly capable of making the board sparkle.|
|Mar-13-12|| ||whiteshark: "Nothing so easily ruins a position as pawn moves." |
~ Siegbert Tarrasch
|Mar-18-12|| ||Karpova: C.N. 7557 reproduces an article found by Gene Gnandt (Houston, TX, USA) written by Capablanca on Dr. Lasker, Tarrasch and Teichmann (page 9 of the 'Evening Post' (New York), 22 July 1916).|
Jose Raul Capablanca: <But the picture of Tarrasch during tournament play is one hard to forget. He has all the appearance of a diminutive Spartan. I have seen him in important games staring fixedly at the chess board for fully an hour, so intently that one would think his sight was piercing the table, perfectly rigid, not even the smallest muscle twitching, straight-backed and with an almost painful seriousness in his face – a living statue.>
|Mar-18-12|| ||brankat: Very impressive indeed!|
|Aug-18-12|| ||Karpova: The biography says that a WC match was planned for 1903 - the 'Wiener Schachzeitung' from 1903 reports on pages 291 to 292 that Dr. Emanuel Lasker agreed with Dr. Tarrasch on a match after the former had given a Simul at Nuremberg (+19 =5 -1) on Octobter 16, 1903. The WC match should have taken place in September or October 1904.|
|Aug-18-12|| ||TheFocus: Wasn't Tarrasch's request for a delay in 1903 due to injuries he received in an accident?|
After that, Tarrasch would not challenge Lasker, but said that Lasker should challenge HIM. This while Lasker was World Champion.
Yes, Siggy thought much too highly of himself.
|Aug-18-12|| ||perfidious: <TheFocus> Indeed it was; Tarrasch suffered serious injuries in an ice-skating accident.|
|Aug-18-12|| ||Karpova: Max Hofschläger: <[...] denn nach Dr. Tarraschs Unfall auf dem Eise ist der Wettkampf bekanntlich bis zum "nächsten Herbst", soll wohl heißen ad calendas graecas, vertagt worden. Man spricht nicht mehr davon, man hört nichts mehr davon!>|
From <Zeitgemäße Betrachtungen> on page 364 of the 1904 'Wiener Schachzeitung'.
So this proves that an accident on ice was responsible for the delay.
Though it contradicts the biography here where it says the match was planned <for> 1903 when it was planned <in> 1903 to take place in 1904 and was delayed at least until 1905, etc.
What do the Dr. Tarrasch experts say - should the biography be changed?
|Aug-19-12|| ||perfidious: <Karpova> Further corroboration from Philip W Sergeant in Championship Chess:|
<'Towards the end of 1903 it really looked as if a Lasker-Tarrasch match were coming off. Discussions reached a point that the date was fixed as the autumn of 1904, the stakes at L400 a side, the number of games to be won at 8, and the time-limit at 14 moves an hour. Unluckily Tarrasch had a serious skating accident this winter, and a postponement of the date of the match was announced.'>
|Aug-22-12|| ||Cemoblanca: Q: What exceptional circumstances will justify the stopping of clocks during a tournament game?|
A: Strangling a photographer. :D
By Dr. Tarrasch
|Jan-31-13|| ||perfidious: <Cemoblanca> Nice bit of humour from the old doctor.|
|Mar-06-13|| ||kellmano: The first son of kellmano and his wife was born yesterday, and he shares his birthday with Tarrasch. I am happy with that. He is named Alexander, after Morozevich.|
|Mar-19-13|| ||TheFocus: It is a shame that Tarrasch suffers from having a poor bio here. He deserves better.|
|Mar-20-13|| ||thomastonk: <TheFocus> That's right. So, I offer to write a new biography. Who decides this and how could it be done?|
|Mar-20-13|| ||twinlark: <thomastonk>
Bios are written by volunteers who are members of this site, such as myself. If you want to be a biographer, you could send an email to admin.
Otherwise you could ask someone else to write one and hope they can find the time to do so.
I agree that a famous historical figure such as Tarrasch needs a better bio here, so why don't you write a bio, include mention of your sources, and post it at the Biographer Bistro. If you do write a bio, I'd like to suggest you build on and add to the existing bio.
If you address that post to me, I'll know it's arrived and I'll upgrade Tarrasch's bio with your material.
|Apr-20-13|| ||Everett: I had no idea that Tarrasch crushed Marshall in a match. Game Collection: Marshall versus Tarrasch Match, Nuremberg 1905|
Thanks <chessical> for creating the game collection.
|Jun-07-13|| ||Jonathan Sarfati: <whiteshark> That comment was in relation to Schiffers vs Tarrasch, 1894, which showed that Tarrasch **as a player** understood quite a lot of "hypermodern" ideas.|
<HeMateMe> That was Savielly Tartakower
|Jul-14-13|| ||Caissanist: Apparently the Chess Notes site has been reorganized again, I could find the cited article at the link given by Karpova. It currently can be found here: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... . It is ChessNote 7557.|
|Aug-23-13|| ||PurdyGUDsoFAR: This guy more tournaments then all of his distractors combined. Including Hr. Nimzowitsch.|
|Sep-12-13|| ||Karpova: How Dr. Lasker characterizes Tarrasch from pages 95-96 of the March-April 1907 'Wiener Schachzeitung' (Translation in a separate post):|
First of all, in this article Dr. Lasker discusses the current (1906) chessplayers worthy of playing a title match - these are Tarrasch and Maroczy (and to a lesser degree Schlechter).
<Dr. Tarraschs Stärke oder Schwäche, wenn man will, ist seine prononcirte Eigenliebe. Ohne sie wäre er nur ein sehr mittelmäßiger Schachspieler geworden. Aber bei seiner ungewöhnlichen Begabung wurde er ein Riese. Seine Eigenliebe ist so groß, daß er sich auf irgendeinem Gebiete auszeichnen mußte. Das Schachspiel bot ihm das geeignete Feld, und er liebt am Schach hauptsächlich nur sein eigenes Schachspiel. Er hat zwei Schachbücher geschrieben und schreibt jetzt ein drittes, alle nur über sich selbst, seine Siege, seine Meinungen, sein Leben, seine Laufbahn. Er schreibt sehr witzig und unterhaltend, aber seine naive Selbstanbetung trübt oft sein Urteil über Menschen und Dinge, ja selbst über Schachpositionen.
Auf der ganzen Erde gibt es keine von irgend wem - außer Dr. Tarrasch selbst - gespielte Partie, in der er nicht einen Fehler oder einen schnelleren Weg zum Gewinne oder irgendeine Verbesserung fände.
In seinen kritischen Bemerkungen spielt seine Persönlichkeit die Hauptrolle. Dies ist eine große Schwäche seines kritischen Urteiles. In seinem Privatleben ist er, wie viele Deutsche der besseren Klassen, "immer" korrekt. Korrekt heißt in Deutschland die Haltung eines Mannes, dessen Benehmen nach dem Urteile seiner Nachbarn seiner Sellung angemessen ist. Um korrekt zu sein, muß man sich der Meinung der anderen anpassen; man darf keine eigenen moralischen oder ethischen Grundsätze haben, sondern muß die der Umgebung annehmen. In seiner Kleidung, in seinen öffentlichen Reden und Handlungen ist Dr. Tarrasch immer "korrekt".
Dasselbe ist bei ihm im Schach der Fall, er will immer den "korrekten" Zug finden, daß heißt, wenn man untersucht, was Dr. Tarrasch darunter versteht, jenen Zug, der den Beifall der tüchtigsten Sachkenner hat. Durch seine Gründlichkeit und seinen Ernst im Studium hat er eine außerordentliche Spielstärke erlangt, aber diese Spielstärke ist keine ursprüngliche, sondern nur erworben, denn immer nur folgt Dr. Tarrasch den neuen Ideen, niemals führt er sie.>
|Sep-12-13|| ||Karpova: Translation of Dr. Lasker's characterization of Tarrasch from pages 95-96 of the March-April 1907 'Wiener Schachzeitung':|
Dr. Tarrasch's strength or weakness, if you want, is his pronounced self-love. Without her, he would have become only a very mediocre chessplayer. But with his unusual gift, he became a giant. His self-love is so great, that he needed some field to excel in. The game of chess offered to him the appropriate field, and about chess he loves in the main his own chess play. He wrote two chess books and now writes a third, all just about himself, his victories, his opinions, his life, his career. He writes very funny and entertaining, but his naive self-adulation often tarnishes his verdict on people and things, even chess positions.
On the whole world there exists no chess game by anyone - except for Dr. Tarrasch himself - in which he wouldn't find a mistake or faster way to win or any improvement.
In his critical remarks, his personality plays the leading part. This is the great weakness of his critical judgement. In his private life, he is, like many Germans of the upper classes, "always" correct. Correct means in Germany the stance of a man, whose behaviour is according to his neighbours' judgement in accordance with his position. In order to be correct, you have to adapt to the opinion of the others; you mustn't have own moral or ethical principles, but have to adopt those of your surroundings. In his clothing, in his public speeches and actions, Dr. Tarrasch is always "correct".
The same is the case with him in chess, he always wants to find the "correct" move, i. e., if you analyze what Dr. Tarrasch means thereby, the move which gets the approval of proficient experts. Through his thoroughness and seriousness in studies, he gained extraordinairy playing strength, but this playing strength is not a primary but an acquired one, as Dr. Tarrasch always just follows new ideas, he never leads them.
|Sep-16-13|| ||Penguincw: Quote of the Day
< "Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make people happy." >
So true, especially if winning. :)
|Oct-24-13|| ||Chessical: In 1890 Tarrasch declined to contest a 10 game match with Steinitz in Havana. It appears (but it is not stated explicitly in the newspaper articles) that this would have been for the world championship.|
<Morning Post, 3rd October 1890:>
CHESS IN HAVANA, • [Reuter's telegram.] HAVANA, Oct. 2. The Havana Chess Club has invited Herr Steinitz and Dr. Tarrasch to play a match of 10 games up in that city.
<York Herald Tuesday, 7th October 1890:>
THE CHESS CHAMPIONS. It is announced by a Reuters New York message that Baron Albert Rothschild will hold the stakes at the forthcoming chess match, while Baron Zubaroff, formerly Russian Ambassador at Berlin, will be umpire for M. Tschigorin ; Professor J. L. Rice, of New York, being umpire for Herr Steinitz. Dr. Tarrasch is unable, on account of other business engagements, to accept the invitation of the Havana Club to play Herr Steinitz. A match between Herr Steinitz and Dr. Gunsberg will be played at New York in December.
|Oct-28-13|| ||keypusher: <CHESS IN HAVANA, • [Reuter's telegram.] HAVANA, Oct. 2. The Havana Chess Club has invited Herr Steinitz and Dr. Tarrasch to play a match of 10 games up in that city. >|
Thanks, chessical. I read in <The World of Chess> (one of the first chess books I ever read) that Tarrasch passed up a match with Steinitz in 1890, but I never saw another reference.
I assume by ten games up the newspaper means a match to 10 wins, not a ten-game match.
|Oct-28-13|| ||jnpope: Correct, the phrase "10 games up" means first to ten wins.|
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